A coalition of youth groups has launched an ethics grievance in opposition to Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II for allegedly spreading fake news.
Ahead of an official inquiry to deal with his apparently false claims, youth groups have taken the lead by submitting a grievance at the moment (Wednesday, July 5) earlier than the Office of the Ombudsman.
They accuse Aguirre of violating Republic Act 6713 or the Code of Conduct and Ethical Standards for Public Officials and Employees.
Karla Yu of Millennials Against Dictators, one of many groups complaining about Aguirre, informed Rappler: “In this point in time the place fake news is rampant, there are fake websites on social media, we consider that it is a misuse of public workplace to truly unfold misinformation.
“Our public servants must be held to higher ethical standards.”
The ‘administrative complaint’ may result in suspension or dismissal from workplace following a proper investigation.
However, the complainants say a full enquiry shouldn’t be crucial, because the president may hearth him at will. “If he resigns, that’s very good, that’s ‘delicadeza’, but our strongest position would be for the President to actually take him out of office,” Ms Yu stated.
Among the grounds cited within the grievance is Aguirre’s false declare that opposition lawmakers held a secret assembly in Marawi, with the insinuation that this may need led to the continuing clashes within the metropolis.
The allegation was comprehensively rebuffed when the accused politicians had been capable of show they had been elsewhere on the time. It was additionally demonstrated that the picture was really taken in 2015 at Iloilo airport.
The complainants have additionally cited Aguirre’s allegation that there was an ambush try on Lalaine Martinez, spouse of a high-profile drug convict who testified in opposition to Senator Leila de Lima, on the day that the senator was arrested.
Even after police denied any information of such an assault, Aguirre stood by it and even produced images of a bloodied Lalaine and her automobile with a damaged windshield.
When requested why she had not sought medical consideration for her bullet wound, Aguirre claimed she “self-medicated”.
Also included within the grievance is Aguirre’s allegation that employees on the Korean embassy had been concerned in organised crime. Seoul slammed the accusation as “wrong, unfounded and misleading” — particularly as a result of he didn’t current any proof to substantiate it.
Aguirre has not publicly apologised for the fake Marawi assembly allegations, regardless of requests for him to take action, and even tried to recommend he had been “misquoted” by the media.
Despite the controversies, the Malacañang has stated that Aguirre enjoys the complete belief of the president. “He has been doing an excellent job actually in the Department of Justice,” presidential spokesman Ernesto Abella stated.
However, for the complainants, “enough is enough”.
Ms Yu stated: ”We can not take this stuff sitting down and we should enable the general public to take a stand on these points and inform our authorities, we’ve had sufficient, we will now not abdomen these perpetuated lies… extra so from officers of presidency who’re able of energy.”